Live Coverage: Eden Hazard unveiled as Real Madrid player
The Belgian forward will be formally introduced by Los Blancos this evening.
The deal is done. Video footage shows Hazard sitting alongside club president Florentino Perez and putting pen to paper on his five-year contract.
The pair then move to the replete trophy room to pose with a replica Real shirt.
Spirits are high pitchside as the official presentation ceremony draws closer.
No sign of the man himself yet but video clips of Hazard’s career highlights and ball skills, shown on the big screens at the Bernabeu, are whipping up the crowd, with a Mexican wave completing several laps of the ground.
Cue the traditional shirtless picture complete with heart-monitor pads… Hazard has received the medical all-clear to complete his move.
Real Madrid are live streaming Hazard’s unveiling on their official website – https://www.realmadrid.com/
Images broadcasted from inside the Bernabeu show stands packed with fans, hundreds of reporters and photographers preparing their equipment, while a timer counts down the minutes until the former Chelsea talisman makes his long-awaited appearance in the famous white shirt.
Supporters are queueing around the block to get a glimpse of the new 150 million euro man. This video from El Chiringuito TV shows lines snaking all the way round the east stand of the Bernabeu and beyond.
Spanish newspaper Marca recalls that 70,000 fans witnessed Cristiano Ronaldo’s Bernabeu unveiling in 2009 and wonders if that number might be surpassed this evening.
The word from Spain is that Hazard has now passed his medical, with SuperSport reporter Adriano Del Monte tweeting a picture of the 28-year-old putting in some early practice wearing a white shirt.
Real fans are gathering outside the Bernabeu ahead of Eden Hazard’s introduction to the Los Blancos faithful. The Belgium star must first complete a medical before taking to the pitch for his presentation – complete with ball-juggling display – and facing the media at around 7pm local time (6pm BST).
Deportes COPE journalist Alex Martin provides evidence of the excitement levels in north Madrid, writing: “Tremendous queues to welcome @hazardeden10 #WelcomeHazard”